If you have thought about polished concrete, but did not know where to go for a great collection of images you will find many examples through internet searches or by calling a contractor and viewing their collection from past jobs.
From modern homes to coffee shops, restaurants, outdoor dining areas, corporate offices and showrooms there is a variety of finishes and colors that you will find to help you choose your favourite look.
The most common variations are color and aggregate exposure where the aggregate can be very finely cut or boldly exposed or only the surface can be polished. Color comes from three sources:
- The concrete which can be light or dark grey or can have color mixed into it
- The surface which can be colored with a stain before polishing
- The color of the aggregates used in the mix
Color stains can even out the variations in the concrete making it look more uniform. Color in the concrete mix will ensure the same mortar color regardless of the depth of cut and there are many aggregate mixes available which can include coloured glass to make the exposed aggregate more interesting.
The level of shine can also make a difference with 3000 grit polishing producing an enhanced depth of gloss and brilliant reflection although it can be impractical because it shows dust very easily. 1500 grit shine is also very good with a small difference between the two. 800 grit finish is still very shiny, but it does not show the dust as easily and is much more practical while still very glossy.
There is also furniture made from concrete especially tables and bench tops in kitchens, dining, outdoors and bathrooms. Vanity basins and counter tops can be molded to beautiful shapes with the exposed aggregate finish and gloss levels that exude elegance.
For commercial buildings polished concrete has proven to be a cost-effective and durable finish that is hard-wearing. It can be maintained using standard cleaning maintenance equipment with the addition of chemicals that clean and condition the floor and with cleaning pads that maintain the gloss level of the original polished floor during nightly cleaning procedures. The anti slip qualities are also maintained using these procedures to protect pedestrians in both wet and dry conditions.
Polishing the concrete floor can produce the same finish as terrazzo without the additional terrazzo mix having to be poured which results in a substantial cost saving. The finish of polished concrete is more permanent than vinyl or other coverings with no need for periodic removal and replacement which is a large cost saving through the life of a building.
Polished concrete finishes can be designed to suit your needs in colour, texture, shine and patterns.